Protecting sensitive national security information is among a government s most significant duties. However, this concept may be used to adversely limit the public s right to access to government-held information. Therefore, striking a reasonable balance between these competing interests is of great importance for any society.
How important to the creation of such a balance is effective judicial review of government decisions denying public access to information on national security grounds? How should judicial review of these decisions be conducted? Freedom of Information and National Security: A Study of Judicial Review under U.S. Law seeks to answer these questions. It offers proposals for the improvement of judicial review of public bodies decisions in the U.S. and provides suggestions for conducting effective judicial review in other countries.